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Graduate Section Events

Upcoming Event: Thinking about publishing your first academic article or book?

22 February 2021, 14:00-15:30 (GMT)

Event Description:

Are you thinking about publishing your first academic article or your first book? This event will bring together a number of academics from disciplines including the humanities, politics and international studies, and specialists from the academic publishing sector to discuss the process behind publishing your first academic journal article or book. The event offers an opportunity for students interested in pursuing an academic or related career in Middle East studies to engage with established scholars and publishing specialists, learn from their advice and experiences, and find out about the differences between journal publication and preparing your first book manuscript. The event invites students to come with questions relating to publishing in Middle East studies and related disciplines.

Each panellist will speak for 7-10 minutes on their experiences and expertise. The event will touch upon on a range of themes, including: (1) the academic journal publishing process; (2) the book publication process; (3) differences between preparation for a journal article/book publication; and (4) advice on what publishers are looking for.

This will allow 45 minutes for the panellists, followed by approximately 45 minutes for discussion, questions and answers. The event should take no longer than 90 minutes.

Location: Online via Zoom (registration required)


Sharri Psplonskilonski, QMUL

I am a product of multiple transgenerational colonialities that link the practices of conquest, empire, settlement and migration in Eastern Europe, Palestine, Canada and the UK. My work, which is concerned with settler colonial relations, anti-colonial struggles, border dynamics and material infrastructures, has been shaped (albeit not determined) by the world I come from and the positions of privilege and otherness I inhabit. My teaching and research are primarily anchored in the case of Palestine/Israel and its regional and global relations. I have a book and several articles out in the world on these themes, but I am also avidly working with a collective of researchers, activists and thinkers who are concerned with (ongoing) settler colonial relations as both international and place-based, material and ideational, structural and agentive. From 2019-2022, I have been Principle Investigator on an ESRC New Investigator Grant, “From Walls to Corridors: The Global Logistics of the HaEmek Railway”.


Nadje nalaliAl-Ali, Brown University

Nadje Al-Ali is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at Brown, where she is also Robert Family Professor of International Studies and Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies. Her main research interests revolve around feminist activism and gendered mobilization, mainly with reference to Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and the Kurdish political movement. Her publications include What kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (2009, University of California Press, co-authored with Nicola Pratt); Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives (Zed Books, 2009, co-edited with Nicola Pratt); Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present (2007, Zed Books), and Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press 2000. Her co-edited book with Deborah al-Najjar entitled We are Iraqis: Aesthetics & Politics in a Time of War (Syracuse University Press) won the 2014 Arab-American book prize for non-fiction. Her most recent publication is a co-edited book (jointly with Deniz Kandiyoti and Kathryn Spellman Poots) entitled Gender, Governance & Islam (University of Edinburgh Press, 2019). Professor Al-Ali is on the advisory board of kohl: a journal of body and gender research and has been involved in several feminist organizations and campaigns transnationally.


Maria Mmmarsharsh, Cambridge University Press

Since 2015, I have looked after Cambridge University Press’s African and Middle Eastern studies lists, commissioning a broad range of books including scholarly monographs, academic trade, textbooks, coursebooks, and reference books. Examining a wide range of issues from Sierra Leone to Iran, and from Egypt to South Africa, the list is also an interdisciplinary one, with particular areas of interest in the history and politics of these two regions. I was previously the Middle East studies commissioning editor at I.B.Tauris publishers.


Stephanie Cscroninronin, University of Oxford

Stephanie Cronin is the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Research Fellow at St Antony’s College and is a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford where she teaches graduates in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, specifically on (1) Iranian history, Qajar and Pahlavi periods and (2) History from below in the Middle East and North Africa. She has also held an Iran Heritage Foundation fellowship for many years. She is also the Series General Editor of the Edinburgh Historical Studies of Iran and the Persian World.

Stephanie is the author of Histories of Iran: Modernism and Marginality in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2021); Armies and State-building in the Modern Middle East: Politics, Nationalism and Military Reform (I. B. Tauris, 2014); Soldiers, Shahs and Subalterns in Iran: Opposition, Protest and Revolt, 1921-1941 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); Tribal Politics in Iran: Rural Conflict and the New State, 1921-1941 (Routledge, 2006); and The Army and the Creation of the Pahlavi State in Iran, 1910-1926 (I. B. Tauris, 1997). She is the editor of   "Crime, Poverty and Survival in the Middle East and North Africa: The 'Dangerous Classes' since 1800" (Bloomsbury, 2019); Anti-Veiling Campaigns in the Muslim World: Gender, Modernism and the Politics of Dress (Routledge, 2014); Iranian-Russian Encounters: Empires and Revolutions since 1800  (Routledge, 2013); Subalterns and Social Protest: History from Below in the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge, 2007); Reformers and Revolutionaries in Modern Iran: New Perspectives on the Iranian Left (Routledge, 2004); The Making of Modern Iran; State and Society under Riza Shah, 1921-1941 (Routledge, 2003).

lturnerChair: Lewis Turner (BRISMES Council Member, Lecturer in International Politics of Gender, Newcastle University)

Dr Lewis Turner is Lecturer in International Politics of Gender at Newcastle University, UK. He is a political ethnographer of humanitarianism in ‘the Middle East’ – particularly Jordan - and his work investigates questions of gender (especially men and masculinities), refugee recognition, vulnerability, labour market integration, and race and racism in humanitarianism. His research on the Syria refugee response has appeared in journals including International Feminist Journal of Politics, Middle East Critique, and Review of International Studies, and has received prizes from professional associations including the British International Studies Association and the Political Studies Association. Currently, he is part of the ASILE Project, an EU Horizon2020 funded project investigating the interactions between emerging international protection systems and the United Nations Global Compact for Refugees.